by Geoffrey D. Smith, CCP | January 12, 2016
We all want to keep rooftop solar a viable, affordable option as a means of reducing greenhouse gases, right? To do so, we need you to raise your voice and take action because rooftop solar is under attack. Yes, again.
The solar community celebrated Christmas a week early last year, when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a preliminary decision (PD) to keep Net Energy Metering (NEM) rules largely intact. This provided some assurance (uh, we hoped) that distributed rooftop solar will remain a viable, affordable option for residential and small business customers. Your help, last year, to influence that PD clearly made a difference. [See my blog post ‘A Good Day for Rooftop Solar.’]
But wait, there’s a catch. In the days and weeks since the preliminary decision on NEM, investor-owned utilities throughout the state (PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE) have pulled out all the stops to pressure the CPUC to reverse or significantly modify their proposed decision. A final vote on the matter is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 in San Francisco.
What you can do
We need you to keep the pressure on by writing the CPUC commissioners, and urging them to adopt the preliminary decision without weakening changes. Please do this today.
Click here: Send a letter to the CPUC asking them to adopt the proposed decision, and keep California moving forward as a clean energy leader. (Thanks to 350 Bay Area for this action tool.)
Geoffrey D. Smith is the Solar Sonoma County Program Coordinator for the Center for Climate Protection. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.654.4350.